Chicago Cubs: What would Harry Caray think of the Marquee Network?

CHICAGO - 1987: Chicago Cubs baseball announcer and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Harry Caray conducts fans singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" from his television booth during the seventh inning stretch in a regular season game in 1997 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - 1987: Chicago Cubs baseball announcer and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Harry Caray conducts fans singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" from his television booth during the seventh inning stretch in a regular season game in 1997 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Harry Caray is a Chicago Cubs broadcasting world legend.  He was a fan of the game through and through – but would he be a fan of the Marquee Network?

Legendary Chicago Cubs broadcast Hall of Famer Harry Caray unexpectedly passed away February 18, 1998. Caray will have been gone 22 years in February 2020, oddly the same month that the new Marquee Sports Network makes its much-hyped debut.

It seems like yesterday that Caray was singing the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field or signing off from a WGN broadcast. The truth is there has been a ton of history that has happened in those 22 years since Caray left us. How the events of the last two decades might have affected Caray is extremely difficult to predict. I mean, who knows if he’d even still be with us – Caray would’ve turned 105 this past February. Never say never, I suppose, but still…

One of the things every fan wishes is that Caray would have lived to see the Cubs win the World Series.  But how would that have affected the legendary broadcaster and his career? What would Caray’s reaction have been to the many great events that have taken place in Cubs history since his death?  If he were still here, how would he have reacted to the Cubs being bought by the Ricketts family and what would his relationship with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein be?

How would Caray have reacted to the news that WGN, the station that brought him into homes around the nation and globe, would no longer host Cubs games? Could he even consider leaving WGN or would he have followed the Cubs anywhere?

Only Ms. Dutchie Caray might know for sure and all of these things would certainly affect Caray’s decision whether to leave WGN and go on with the Cubs and Marquee or work out some other deal to stay with WGN.

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